TUSCALOOSA The Crimson Tide women’s basketball team, off to a perfect 5-0 start at home in the early part of the 2006-07 campaign, seeks its fourth-straight win overall and the sixth consecutive victory in Coleman Coliseum when it hosts McNeese State in a non-conference game Monday night. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., with television coverage being provided by WVUA.
“McNeese State is a team with a deep bench who can throw a lot of different defenses at you, whether it be in the half-court or with full-court pressure,” said UA head coach Stephany Smith. “They have a deep rotation to back that up, so we will need to be prepared for all of the looks that they will give us.”
Alabama earned its fifth win in as many tries on its home floor Saturday afternoon, when the Tide ran past Savannah State, 102-48, in its first 100-point game since 2002. Navonda Moore scored 23 of her 25 points in the first half and a four Tide players finished in double figures in the scoring column in the blowout victory.
With a roster full of young players still learning to play at the collegiate level, Moore and fellow senior Kate Mastin have provided some offensive spark at the guard position. Moore, who poured in 25 points in each of her last two games, leads the team in scoring with a 17.1 points per game average.
Mastin, the best outside shooter on the team who is knocking down an even 50 percent of her three-point attempts, averages 16.7 points per outing. She ranks in the top five in the Southeastern Conference in three-pointers made per game with 3.7 made treys per contest.
McNeese State, 2-5, enters the game in search of its first road victory of the season after a 12-point loss at Grambling State on Saturday night. Forward Shante’ Perry leads the Cowgirl scoring attack, averaging 10.6 points per game. Head coach Carol Sensley is in her sixth season at MSU and led the Cowgirls to a 13-15 record in 2005-06.
The Tide plays its first true road game since Nov. 13 on Saturday, Dec. 9, when Alabama travels to New Orleans to face Tulane in a 2 p.m. contest.